RAW CACAO & DATE BLISS BALLS

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I'll get right to it.

These treats a hit. They're sweet, textured, and chocolatey. What more do you need?

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Cacao:

Loaded with antioxidants, is rich in iron, sulfur, copper, potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene, and dietary fiber. It's a natural mood booster and enhances both physical and mental well-being. 

Walnuts:

Considered a brain food because of it's good fat, omega-3, vitamin e, and antioxidant properties. Walnuts are also a great source of manganese, copper, biotin, and molybdenum. They support the heart, cognitive function, boosts mood and better sleep! 

Coconut:

Known for its high quality fat content, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties, coconut products are a great addition to the diet. High in iron, manganese, fiber (shreds), and Lauric acid (antibacterial, antiviral, which supports the immunity). 

Dates:

Great source of fiber, b vitamins (especially b3 &6), manganese, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, phosphorus, zinc, selenium and folic acid. They contain a fair amount of sugar, which is why they're great in healthy desserts, but they also contain a type of soluble fiber that slows down the glucose (sugar) release in the body, thus regulating blood sugar levels. Amazing!

Psyllium husk & flaxseeds:

Both provide an excellent source of fiber, especially the psyllium husk which contains 13g of fiber per 1 ounce! Psyllium is high in iron and calcium as well. Read more about flaxseeds here

Spices:

Great source of antioxidants, immunity boosters, dietary fiber, calcium and manganese, vitamin b complex, c, k, e, and iron. Cinnamon, allspice, and cloves are a great way to boost the nutrient density of any meal.


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prep time: 5 minutes                   cook time: 5 minutes                            yields: 8-12 treats 

 

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup dates

1/2 cup walnuts

2 tbsp raw cacao ground from nibs or use powder)

2 tbsp coconut shreds

Coating:

You can roll the treats in cacao powder, ground walnuts, or finely ground coconut shreds 

Spices

I've found that I love this spice mixture, but cayenne, nutmeg, & ginger all taste amazing as well. 

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp psyllium husk or ground flax (optional)

pinch of sea salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp cloves

 

Instructions:

  1. Grind preferred coating into a powder.
  2. Have your spatula handy, as you'll need to scrape the sides of the food processor frequently. Remove seeds from the dates, place in food processor and blend for about 60 seconds (pulsing).
  3. Add in walnuts, blend until ingredients are evenly ground together. Then, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until dough is evenly mixed and integrated. This may take a few minutes. You want to make sure that when pressed the "dough" sticks together. 
  4. Begin to make individual balls: take a spoon to create a uniform amount. Roll each ball in your hand, using your fingers to make the ball even all around. Alternatively you can use a small ice cream scoop to form the molds.
  5. Roll each treat in your coating and place on a baking sheet or plate. This recipe will yield 8-12 individual treats depending on the size of your spoon. 
  6. Place in the refrigerator and enjoy after 20 minutes. The cold coconut oil will help the treat stay together - but, believe me, I've thoroughly enjoyed this treat straight out of the bowl (!). 

 


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Resources:

https://cronometer.com/#foods

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=99

http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/06/walnuts-the-ultimate-brain-food.html

Murray, Michael, N.D. 2005. The Enclyclopedia of Healing Foods. 

http://wellnessmama.com/2072/benefits-of-coconut-oil/